Steve Bernard and cricket go hand in hand. Steve played 29 first class matches for NSW, then managed the ace Australian team before becoming a Test referee.
Born at Orange in 1949, he was playing in first grade by age 15 with the Pinnacle Road club. He next joined Rovers and then became a foundation member of Orange City in 1966-67. In three seasons with City he finished with 91 first grade wickets.
In 1969, he toured NZ with Western Districts Colts and soon after moved to Sydney to play with Northern Districts, where he played first grade from 1970-79.
Steve then joined St George, where he was a key member of the 1984-85 premiership-winning team. The fast bowler took 4/43 in the semi win over Randwick and then 3/34 in the final against Western Suburbs.
He retired afterwards, finishing with an outstanding record in Sydney. Overall, he took 545 wickets at an average of 15.4, stands at 41st on the all-time list of wicket takers, and sits at 11th all-time on averages.
Around 2014, he was selected in the St George team of the century, captained by Sir Donald Bradman.
Steve's first game for NSW was on Boxing Day 1970 against Victoria at the MCG. His last was at the SCG in 1979 against Tasmania. He finished with 85 first class wickets at 33, with a best of 7/85 against SA in 1973.
Batting at number 11, he scored 122 runs and played eight List A matches for NSW. He toured South America, the West Indies and England in 1974, and again to England in 1978 with the Australian Old Collegians. In 1982 and 1985, he was the professional with Forfarshire in Scotland.
He became a NSW selector in 1983 and chaired the panel from 1989-95.
In 1987, Steve managed the NSW team to Zimbabwe, coached the Australian Youth team on the 1990 West Indies tour, coached the 1991 Australian under-19s in the UK and managed the Australian Sevens in Hong Kong in 1994.
In 1993 he became a Test selector and was appointed team manager in 1998, a position he held for more than 13 years. In that time, the Australian team won three World Cups and many Test series, including four Ashes series.
In 2012, Steve became a match referee for the ICC and since then has refereed matches in countries including China (Hong Kong), Papua New Guinea, Japan, Samoa, England, New Zealand, Holland, Ireland, Zimbabwe and throughout Australia. The highlight came in January, when he refereed the fourth Ashes Test at the SCG.
On Australia Day 2010, Steve was awarded an OAM for services to cricket.
Work-wise, he joined the public service and had a number of managerial positions before working full-time in cricket. He and his family live in Sydney.
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